Traub presents 10 years' worth of lavish color photography on the annual counterculture festival, Burning Man. The first Burning Man was held on a San Francisco beach and attended by a couple dozen people. Today it takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert and is known as the Black Rock Arts Festival. Every year Black Rock City is erected around a giant wooden statue that is immolated to much fanfare at the end of a weeklong bacchanal. Traub's images capture the festival's spirit in lots of zany costumes and art installations celebrating off-kilter takes on contemporary culture and the participants' flights of fancy. The slight accompanying text carries the highest -countercultural-subcultural pedigree, thanks -to the authors: celebration film documentarian Les Blank and Beat poetry icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Of course, there are some naked folk in the photographs, though their nudity is hardly gratuitous, what with all the body paint and artfully applied mud. Good visual fun and countercultural documentation, this is vibrant stuff in these grim days, a must for pop-culture collections. Mike Tribby
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can i give 6 stars? this is THE BEST Burning Man book bar none! if you buy 1 book, buy this one! Nimoy & Ferlinghetti - how could you possibly go wrong? Read morePublished 27 days ago by Helen
Best Burning Man photo book I have seen. I have purchased multiple copies and given as gifts.Published 10 months ago by Nora Quinn
Finest book on Burning Man I have ever read, bar none. Would totally recommend it for everyone interested in that thing in the desert.Published on June 24, 2013 by James Jacoby
5 Stars!!! Please if you can, get this book. There needs to be more books like this one. Buy it, buy itPublished on August 17, 2012 by Nut case
I bought this book from the reviews- while I beleive it is a great book it does not do the pictures justice. Close ups and distorted content. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer